Mercedes-Benz in Kecskemét to start producing from March
Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing in Kecskemét can significantly drive this year's industrial production data, as well as exports in Hungary. The plant is scheduled to start series production in accordance with project plan. So all the conditions are given to roll off first cars for sale from the assembly line in the first quarter of 2012.
9 January 2012
The fact that Kecskemét factory, being built from 800 million EUR, works in collaboration with the Rastatt factory of the Daimler Group, the competence centre of Mercedes-Benz’ compact vehicle segment, will contribute to industrial production for sure. However, what official effect expected is difficult to say. It is only possible to know that annual capicity of car production will be over hundred thousand of A and B Class Mercedes-Benz. The other two car manufacturers in Hungary - Audi in Győr and Suzuki in Esztergom - and their production and income data are not comparable due to different depths of production and products, but they can give an indication at least.
In Hungary, Mercedes will manufacture 2 out of the 4 models representing the next generation of the A and the B Class. The first vehicles to be marketed will roll off from the production line in March.
Audi Hungaria sales reached 4.7 billion euros in 2010, that means 23.2 percent increase compared to previous year. Audi in Győr produced more than 1.648 million engines and more than 38 thousand different Audi model rolled off from the assembly line in 2010.
Production of Magyar Suzuki is 170 thousand cars per year that provided HUF428 billions in 2010.
Last year's data were not published by Audi and Suzuki. Both companies now produce almost exclusively for export - so export data improved - and a similar case is expected from Mercedes-Benz.
The Mercedes-Benz will apper with five different car types in compact car segment near future. New plant in Kecskemét, therefore, needed for the higher the production capacity. Two of new compact cars produced in Kecskemét, three of them in plant of Rastatt, Germany. The new B-Class will be manufactured in both plants. This business modell enables the optimum use of operations in Hungary and Germany. Production of the new B-class personal car in Rastatt has already begun since September 2011, providing an opportunity to make use of German experience in Kecskemét. Technical equipment of production halls in the Hungarian plant was set up in May last year and testing production at various stages has begun since September and the first test cars have completed and the entire production facilities have been optimised.
Mercedes-Benz in Kecskemét
The factory had 700 employees by the end of 2010 but Mercedes-Benz's team in Kecskemét reached number of two thousand people by December 2011. This year they will continue to recruit and achieve the target of 2,500 employees in Kecskemét. Management sees good chance to succeed because they have found suitable proffessionals for positions so far. The factory is looking for staff for mainly manufacturing areas in 2012 from Kecskemét, and especially the broader region.
More than a dozen local suppliers will work with the factory who provide a wide variety of tools (mirrors, seat covers, etc.) and. The suppliers won orders in hundreds of millions of euros. The high quality standards in component supplier selection and assignment is indicated through the purchasing department of Sindelfingen, Germany.
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